Zambia coach, Wedson Nyirenda said his team is ready to take on the Cranes of Uganda this afternoon in their opening game of the CAF African Nations Championship.
He said that they won’t be underrating Ugandan, a team that has been a threat to their ambitions in recent times.
“The team is ready for the tournament opener against Uganda. The players are here to showcase their quality and we are looking forward to go in the tournament.
“Uganda has been a thorn in our flesh in recent times and won’t be easy to beat. They (Uganda) have come of age and play good football.
They have a group of matured players who have played in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“We also have experience and it will be an interesting affair. We can go all the way but our objective is to better the performance at the last edition (quarter finals).
Ugandan coach Sebastien Desabre said the game is 50-50 adding that his team will do its best.
“The first game in every competition is always the most important. Zambia is a good side and we are ready to face them. It is 50-50 for either side. Our target is to win the first game.”
Uganda has failed to go past the group stage in the three previous editions (2011, 2014, 2016) and our first objective is to do better by reaching the knockout stage.